MANILA, Philippines – Some new faces in politics said they and veteran government officials should just help each other out instead of debating on who can truly provide a better service to Filipinos.
In the "Bagito o Beterano? The DZMM Halalan 2013 Forum" held Saturday, Liberal Party senatorial bet Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino said new faces should not be mistaken as people who know less or nothing about the world of politics.
He also said that a mix of newbie and veteran candidates in the Senate would only make it stronger.
"Lahat naman ho kami pwedeng tumulong sa ating bayan. Lahat kami may pwedeng dalhin sa Senado...pwedeng ihalo kasama ng mga beterano upang maging mas buo at mas malakas ang Senado," the 35-year old Aquino said.
"Sana po sa mga beterano, pakinggan din ang mga bagito... Meron din kaming mga dalang advocacy na gustong i-share sa inyo, mga causes na gustong isulong. At sana po pwede talaga tayong magtulungan para sa kapakanan ng ating bayan," he added.
The cousin of President Benigno Aquino III also noted that what voters should look for in a candidate is his or her advocacy.
Aquino said he will concentrate on finding employment opportunities for the Filipino people and providing accessible education to the youth.
"Nasa taumbayan po para piliin at suriin kung ano ang pinakaimportante sa atin... I'm hoping 'yun din po ang importante sa inyo," he said.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN journalist Marisol “Sol” Aragones, who is running for congresswoman of Laguna's 3rd district, said she acknowledges the wisdom senior government officials have already acquired through the years.
She said that is the reason why it is very important to be included in a party ticket composed of veterans in politics.
"Bilang bagito, mahalaga po sa akin ang partido dahil sa mga beterano na sa partido, dun po ko kukuha ng inspirasyon at tutulong sa akin kung paano ko ba talaga mailalatag ang serbisyong ninanais ko," Aragones said.
She also noted that an aspirant's educational background and platforms are vital in boosting his or her candidacy.
"Kahit may malinaw kang plataporma, kung 'di ka mataas ang pinagaralan, 'di rin ito maisasakatuparan ng maayos," she said.
Aragones added that money matters do not always have a big say in who wins or not in the elections. "Wag tayong makakahon na ang mananalo lang sa eleksyon ay ang may pera."
Meanwhile, former Senator Ramon ‘Jun’ Magsaysay Jr., considered a veteran in Philippine politics, said young candidates should look up to role models who are more experienced in public service.
“Ang kailangan sa bagito, tignan ang kanyang model, huwag siya masyado segurista, tignan niya si [Ernesto] Maceda, mahusay sa economics, pakinggan niya. Kasi kung tayo ay may mahusay na model, hindi tayo magkakalat,” the 74-year-old Magsaysay said during the forum.
Both Magsaysay and the 77-year-old Maceda are running for senator in the 2013 midterm elections.